vaccine hesitancy

The vaccine hesitancy hardline

As public health officials across the state struggle to boost vaccination rates, Montana’s staunchest vaccine skeptics are celebrating a major legislative win and drawing a firm line on COVID-19.

Latest COVID-19 reporting

Montana coronavirus report

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the U.S. and Montana, we’ll provide regular updates with the latest news and information. Figures and information are accurate at the time of publication.


As of Friday, June 18, the state reports that 849,626 doses of vaccine have been administered in Montana, and 418,006 Montanans have been fully immunized. The state has reported a cumulative total of 113,167 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 75 new cases since the most recent report, 509 active cases, and 111,007 people considered recovered. State officials also report that 5,438 of the cases have resulted in hospitalizations, with 53 patients currently hospitalized. There have been 1,651 Montana deaths attributed to the disease. The state does not update COVID statistics on Saturday or Sunday. The state’s official dashboard is here, and more information on the numbers reported by the state is here.

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Prior to March 7, 2021 this page included live trend charts based on data provided by the Covid Tracking Project, which ceased its data collection activities at that point. Graphics shown below include pandemic trends through that date.


COVID closes the Capitol

Lawmakers abruptly postponed Friday floor sessions in response to a positive COVID-19 case inside the Capitol. Here’s what happened, and how it affects the Legislature’s schedule.

Governor’s office continues to wrestle with COVID-19

A member of Gov. Greg Gianforte’s staff tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday morning after becoming symptomatic Sunday, according to a spokesperson for the governor. This is the second governor’s office staffer publicly reported to have tested positive for the virus since early February.

Education’s federal relief windfall

Montana’s public schools are set to receive nearly $500 million in COVID-19 relief funds, with tens of millions more available at the state’s discretion. Where will the money go, and how will it be used to recover from the pandemic?

How and where to get stuck

A reporting project by KHN, Montana Free Press and the University of Montana School of Journalism finds the biggest test of that disparate system looms as vaccine eligibility expands.


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Glacier eastern entrance Blackfeet

Blackfeet Tribe reopens border with Glacier

The Blackfeet Tribal Business Council voted unanimously Wednesday to reopen the eastern boundary of Glacier National Park, a year after the council unilaterally closed it to protect tribal members from COVID-19.

Telehealth’s growing pains

Telehealth is booming. But with the boom come unintended consequences, including conflicts between out-of-state and in-state health providers, a rise in fraud, and potential access problems for vulnerable groups.

COVID and campuses

Montana Board of Regents gets a report on COVID-19 across state campuses, and an update on the Legislature’s impacts on higher education.


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